I had the opportunity to ask Terri Jean Thomson some questions about her fantastic journey as a ballerina. She is an incredible dancer who graces the stage with presences, joy and beauty. Her dedication to ballet is phenomenal and inspiring. Below are her answers.
Q1: When did you start ballet?
I started ballet//dance when i was 5
Q2: Where do you currently dance?
I currently train at atlanta academy of ballet and dance
Q3: How long have you been en pointe for?
I’ve been en pointe for a little over 6 years
Q4: What pointe shoes do you currently wear?
I currently wear suffolk spotlight pointe shoes
Q5: How did you first get involved in ballet?
My aunt took me to see a ballet performance when I was 4 and I was so mesmerized by the dancers dancing “on their toes” and couldn’t get enough of it so I decided to ask my parents if I could try dance because all I wanted to do was to dance on my toes like the ballerinas in the show:)
Q6: What is your favourite variation?
hmm that’s a tough one!! I love Diana and Acteon, Grand pas classique and Medora
Q7: What company would you love to work for?
My dream company is Houston ballet
Q8: Do you have a favourite memory/moment in ballet?
My favorite memory from dance (I have 2) 1- was dancing the wedding pas in sleeping beauty as aurora with my best friend as my prince and 2- when I got my first higher rank lead as tweedle dum with one of my longest closet friends who was tweedle dee in Alice in Wonderland
Q9: Who are your ballet roles models? Dancers that inspire you.
Honestly I’m inspired by so many dancers that’s a nearly impossible question to answer for me!
Q10: Best advice you’ve ever received from a teacher?
“To be a dancer you have to look and act like a dancer. be all in or all out there’s no in between”
Q11: Classical or romantic tutu?
CLASSIC!!!! PANCAKE TUTU ALL THE WAY!!😍😍
Q12: What do you like to do when you aren’t dancing (your free time)?
Typically spending time with friends or just something chill like sitting outside with my puppy:)